Category Archive: For Buyers and Sellers

06/13/24

3 reasons to love homeownership during this special month

It’s time to talk about the joys of homeownership, especially since June is National Homeownership Month. Consider this survey: 88% of homeowners say they’re happy owning a home, while 69% of renters said they would be happier if they had their own place. Those are striking numbers that show how worthwhile buying a home can […]

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06/6/24

3 things to know about mortgage rates this summer

Happy National Homeownership Month! While we’ll have an entire blog devoted to reasons to celebrate the joys of owning a home soon, this piece is on a topic all of us know well. Yes, we’re talking about interest rates. Five months into 2024, it’s fair to say those who predicted multiple interest rate cuts from […]

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05/23/24

Age Matters: A generational handbook for listing agents

While we focus much of this blog on homebuying or the vital role our teams play when it comes to title and closing, this piece is centered on sellers – and how our REALTOR® friends can best cater to the needs and preferences of this group. However, it’s important to note that the motivations behind selling a home are as […]

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05/9/24

5 keys to homeownership in your first year

Owning your own place is definitely worth it, but it’s important to know – and plan for – the costs and other important responsibilities that come with homeownership. So whether you’re a first-time buyer (extra congratulations!) – or simply reading this piece for some extra advice or reinforcement, there are several challenges and aspects you should be prepared for during […]

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05/2/24

3 lessons “Bluey” can teach us all about real estate

What can the animated children’s show “Bluey” teach us about buying and selling a home? It turns out to be a whole lot. If you’re not part of the show’s target demographic – or a parent of a young child – you’re probably wondering, “What’s a Bluey?” right about now. If so, here’s an overview.   The […]

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04/11/24

3 money-related steps for prospective buyers

Did you know April is National Financial Literacy Month? While we’re not financial advisers, it’s important that anyone who is preparing to buy a home anytime soon is well-versed in the money aspect of it all, so we gathered essential tips from the experts regarding saving effectively for your future home. Organize your finances. There’s a […]

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04/4/24

4 takeaways from the potential NAR settlement

The landmark commission lawsuit against the National Association of REALTORS® appears to be headed for a settlement. However, how much change is on the horizon for buyers, sellers and those of us in real estate is still unclear.  Since we take pride in the real estate industry, we wanted to take a moment to summarize […]

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04/1/24

3 Tips for a Successful Open House

It’s open house season once again! This traditional staple of the home selling process continues to prove its worth to sellers and REALTORS® alike.  Whether you’ve been looking forward to this time all winter or need a push to make these events a must-attend occasion, we want to help you shine when the time comes. […]

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03/28/24

4 tips to put ChatGPT to work for you

A lot’s happening in real estate right now, and even that may be an understatement. Spring is here, title insurance has been in the news and how real estate agents – particularly on the buyer’s side – are compensated and function could change in the near future. While any one of this trio of topics […]

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03/14/24

4 more reasons new construction homes are worth a look

In today’s market, as a shortage of existing inventory continues to challenge buyers of all kinds, new construction homes are a great option for many house hunters. We’ve written about the pros and cons of choosing a newly-built home before, but the topic is particularly timely right now as builder confidence continues to rise in 2024. A […]

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